We are truly enjoying getting to know more of you this way! Between now and race day, we’ll be featuring Hogeye runners past, present, and future in the “Meet a #HogeyeHopeful” series. If you’d like to share YOUR story, please contact racedirector@hogeyemarathon.com — we want to hear from you!

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Hogeye Hopeful_Courtney

Post-run selfie

Meet Courtney!

We asked Courtney a few questions that will help you get to know her better as a runner and as a #HogeyeHopeful. Thanks for chatting with us, Courtney!

Hometown: Elkins, AR
Profession: Senior Planner for Washington County Planning
Age: 32

When did you start running?
I started the couch to 5K program in June 2013 (when my youngest son was 3 months old).

WHY did you start running?
I started running to do something for myself. As a wife and momma, sometimes “I” get lost in the shuffle. Running is something that doesn’t require a lot of equipment and doesn’t require a gym membership. Just you, some time, and go.

Where do you prefer to run? Do you have a favorite route?
Running outside is the way to go. I love to run the trail at my office. It is right here where I need it to be.

What was your “I’M A RUNNER!” moment?
I’m still not sure I’ve hit my “I AM A RUNNER” moment. As I continue to train for this race, I feel more and more like a “real” runner. All of my real runner friends tell me I’m already a real runner though!

If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice as a beginner, what would it be?
Just get good shoes, save yourself the pain. Get good shoes!

What has running taught you about yourself?
I can do more physically than I ever thought I could. And, I’m worth it.

Do you run solo or with a group?
About half of the time I run with my boss. We started this journey together. On days she does not run, I run solo with my music 🙂

What motivates you in running? Medals? PRs? Fitness?
Fitness is my overall motivator. I want to be a healthy me so that I’m a healthy wife and momma. Recently, I was preliminarily diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS). So, I am even more motivated to DO while I can DO, in case there is a point when I can’t anymore.

Do you have any racing superstitions or traditions?
Nope! Just go.

Do you have a running motto or mantra or favorite quote?
Nope! Just go. LOL!

Have you run the Hogeye before, or will 2015 be your first Hogeye?
This will be my very first Hogeye and very first 5K race!

Why do you (want to) run the Hogeye? What makes it special?

Courtney with her family -- she calls them her motivation!

Courtney with her family — she calls them her motivation!

nwaMotherlode.com sponsored a giveaway for local moms for entry into the 5K at Hogeye. I decided it was time for me to be a “real” runner and that I would work towards running this 5k whether I won registration or not. I was thrilled when the “mamas” told me I’d won one of the entry prizes! The Hogeye is dedicated to some wonderful charities. Giving back to the community I love, live, and work in is very important to me. The charity I chose was the American Wheelchair Mission (Rotary). My younger sister is a home health aid and has worked with wheelchair patients. My husband’s grandfather has MS as well and is dependent on his wheelchair. I have seen the impact a wheelchair can have on a person’s quality of life. It is a life changer to have restored mobility.

Is there anything we didn’t ask that you want to share?
You just have to take the first step.

How can folks connect with you?
Twitter @CrunchyCourt, Instagram crunchycourt

Thanks for sharing your story, Courtney! See you at the START LINE!

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If you’d like to share YOUR story, please contact racedirector@hogeyemarathon.com — we want to hear from you! {To read past #HogeyeHopeful spotlights — CLICK HERE.}